Hong Kong needs more home owners

The lives of many people in Hong Kong  seem to revolve around owning or buying property as a means of wealth creation. Photo: Nora Tam

Many people in Hong Kong are not optimistic about the future. They are unhappy with the government and the unaffordable home prices.

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Style with David Roden, November 14, 2012

Silk Road chair

What: Silk Road chair

Why: Modern design meets traditional textiles in this unique, cheerily coloured chair

How much: HK$8,900

Where: Shambala, 2/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2552 2475


What: Glass table lamp

Why: Handblown green glass gives this cool lamp an inviting, warm lustre

14 Nov 2012 - 3:16am

Pottery potty

Dining area: much in the dining area is from Chapin House (Level 2, Oceanic Industrial Centre, 2 Lee Lok Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2552 2727), including the solid oak table (HK$14,960), chairs (HK$1,430 each), mirror (HK$3,700), bureau (HK$5,790), credenza (HK$13,560) and table lamps (HK$1,720 each). The jars (from HK$450 to HK$1,100) are also from Chapin House. The blue-andwhite balls, some used in the vase to prop up flowers, make up a collection that started in Sydney, Australia. The painting, by Ye Hongxing, came from Zee Stone Gallery (Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2810 5895).

A mother of five with a weakness for blue and white ceramics goes all out in her 2,900 sq ft Tai Tam apartment.


9 Sep 2012 - 12:04am

Set mood for sweet dreams

Kokoon Beds and Bedding can custom-make mattresses and suggest stylish accessories.

Choosing the right bed is a bit like choosing the right spouse or partner. It needs to accomplish a multitude of tasks - providing not only good support and comfort in times of need, but as the largest piece of furniture in a bedroom, it should also be visually enticing and well-presented.

7 Sep 2012 - 11:01am

Objects of desire: coffee cups

Seletti I-Mug, HK$238, from Mr Blacksmith, 7 Gough Street, tel: 2581 1110.

2 Sep 2012 - 12:30pm

Handy desk pillow makes snooze news in sleepy city

The desk pillow can be used just about anywhere you feel like catching forty winks: indoors or out, standing up or sitting down or even taking advantage of a good friend.

In light of Hongkongers' hectic lifestyles and their knack of being able to fall asleep just about anywhere, British luxury bedding brand Sleep Naked has created a special desk pillow to enhance the quality of our mid-afternoon nap.

24 Aug 2012 - 3:02am

Home sweet tome: 98 storytellers share memories of Hong Kong in book

Guests and storytellers at the launch of the collaboration work Our City Our Legends 103 at the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

Two years ago, keen storyteller Yuen Chi-hung, aka uncle Hung, started a monthly story-sharing session at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in Wan Chai.

In the public space shaded by the trees outside the centre, Hung and other storytellers often gathered to share and listen to other people's tales.

24 Aug 2012 - 3:55am

Up close and personal: twin peeks

Illustration: Pearl Law

"There is baby number one and there is baby number two."

19 Aug 2012 - 6:24pm

From 'different' to diva

Itano, Japan is home to roughly 15,000 people. One of the more notable to have once called the small island district home is Japanese musician Angela Aki.

'I lived in such a rural area,' says Aki, who was recently in Hong Kong promoting her latest album, Blue. 'We didn't even have a TV. The antennae [signal] didn't reach where my village was, so I didn't grow up watching TV.'

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Asians return to roots in their living spaces

The La Cienega Design Quarter in Los Angeles is to home design what Rodeo Drive is to high-end fashion: a destination showcase for the most current and sophisticated offerings.

And at a recent three-day event created to shine the spotlight on this thriving design-led area, there was another emerging star: Asia.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Modular kits to suit modern ways of living

Hong Kong, with its high proportion of rented accommodation and transient population, would seem an obvious market for modular furniture.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Miele launch puts a new spin on ironing with creative ballet performance

German home appliances brand Miele incorporated a creative prop into a ballet performance during a product launch on Thursday.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Emphasis on green sourcing

Bedroom furniture company Okooko originates in New Zealand and is projecting Kiwi-style concern for the environment in Hong Kong.

'Our motto is that all the products we sell must be as natural and as 'New Zealand' as possible,' says managing director Dondy Poernomo, who will oversee the showroom's move from the 27th to the 26th floor of Horizon Plaza later this year.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sweet dreams for all shapes and sizes

Kokoon specialises in high-quality bed linen made of the best natural fibres - silk, pure linen and cooling cotton. Each design range includes duvet covers, flat and fitted sheets, and pillow cases in standard, tailored and boudoir styles, offering a match for every kind of personal preference or bedroom colour scheme.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Key to good night's sleep

Many people do not know how to dress beds properly. The key to a blissful night's sleep is a bed that is made correctly.

Start with a mattress protector. This serves an important dual purpose, protecting the mattress from dust and providing an extra layer of insulation.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am